CHAMPAIGN, Unwell. (AP) — With Illinois shredding Maryland’s person-to-person protection, Terrapins coach Mark Turgeon switched to a zone – a thing the staff not often uses outdoors of practice.
Anthony Cowan scored 20 factors and Turgeon’s ninth-rated Maryland held on to beat No. 20 Illinois seventy five-sixty six on Friday night.
The Terrapins (19-4, 9-three Big 10) took sole possession of 1st place in the conference with the get. Illinois (16-7, eight-4) fell into second place.
”Great get for us,” Turgeon claimed. ”Illinois plays as effectively as everyone in our league. They are a gifted team with measurement.”
Illinois led by as many as 14 factors halfway as a result of the 1st half, but the Terrapins fought back again and pulled to in forty two-40,with a three-pointer by Wiggins at the halftime buzzer.
Maryland opened the second half with an 11- run to get a guide it never ever relinquished.
”We sort of misplaced ourselves there at 1st,” Turgeon claimed. ”But we used the zone and it acquired us back again in the recreation. It gave us some self-confidence.”
Maryland plays mainly a person protection, whilst Turgeon claimed they practice diverse zones.
”We haven’t actually revealed significantly of our zone,” he claimed. ”We practice it just about every day, and currently we played it. It labored and it actually took them out of their rhythm.
The change caught Illinois off guard.
”They went zone on us and it improved the rhythm of the recreation,” claimed Illinois coach Brad Underwood. ”We experienced some unfortunate lineups out there mainly because of foul difficulties. And it labored. They actually controlled the recreation just after that.”
Feliz, who has been fantastic off the bench for Illinois this season, claimed the change from person to zone improved the Illini’s recreation prepare.
”They produced some adjustments” he claimed. ”It slowed us down and pressured us to get outdoors photographs.
Darryl Morsell scored eighteen and Eric Ayala included twelve for Maryland.
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Emotions ended up jogging significant from the opening suggestion. There ended up four technological foul known as in the 1st half, two on the Maryland bench (the 1st on Turgeon) and one particular every on Illinois (Feliz) and Maryland (Morsell).
”I never want to discuss about that,” Turgeon claimed of his technological. ”I deserved it and we moved on.”
Illinois coach Brad Underwood was known as for the game’s fifth technological foul halfway as a result of the second half for yelling at the referees.
”Eh,” Underwood claimed, shrugging, when questioned about the foul. ”Lots of emotion out there tonight.”
The recreation was the 1st in 7 yrs in between two rated teams in Champaign (when No. eight Minnesota defeated No. twelve Illinois on Jan. 9, 2013), and the 1st Friday night Big 10 recreation at any time played at Point out Farm Center.
It was a massive get for Maryland and not an easy one particular, a thing Turgeon acknowledged just after the recreation.
”We failed to worry out there,” he claimed. ”There ended up some nerves mainly because of how major the recreation was, but we knew we ended up only down by 14 factors (in the 1st half) and we failed to worry.”
Illinois, which misplaced by only two factors in Maryland in December, seemed like it would run absent with the recreation early.
”We’ll bounce back again,” Underwood claimed. ”We’re recreation out of 1st place (in the conference). We are even now actively playing for a championship. Very little improved that tonight.”
Maryland will stay in the Major 10, and may well move up a spot or two. Illinois, just after back again-to-back again losses to Iowa and Maryland, is in threat of slipping out of the Major 25.
Maryland: Hosts Nebraska on Tuesday ahead of touring to No. 16 Michigan Point out on Feb. 15.
Illinois: Hosts No. 16 Michigan Point out on Tuesday and heads to Rutgers on Feb. 15.
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